The work of our office is focused on supporting and sustaining research and creative activity at WMU. We assist with external funding proposal development and submission, manage the awarding and administration of internal funding support, and oversee and assure compliance with research-related federal, state, and University regulations. This site is designed to assist you with access to tools and resources related to these functions.
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Applications for this competitive award up to $10,000 are due January 17. Awards require subsequent submission of an external funding proposal.
Office hours scheduled for assistance with the application:
View the Power Point Presentation outlining the FRACAA program given by the Chair of the FRACAA Screening Committee at this year's Research and Dessert event here.
The Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, announces a series of professional development workshops on topics associated with external and internal funding to support faculty scholarship. Scheduled for every other Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters, the workshops will be held in WMU's Fetzer Center room 1055 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Lunch provided. Topics include identifying funding opportunities, perspectives from peer reviewers, budget development, writing internal funding proposals, and other topics associated with resources for supporting faculty scholarship. Registration closes the Friday before each Tuesday session, so register early as space is limited For more information, contact OVPR at 269-387-8270. Bring your laptop to all sessions!
NSF Issues New Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, effective January 2013 Click here for more information.
The University's COI policy has been revised to align with new National Institutes of Health requirements. To read the revised WMU COI policy, click here. To view details about the changes to the NIH financial conflict of interest regulations, effective as of Aug. 24, 2012, click here. If you have questions about the new COI policy in effect at WMU, or you need help with the NIH's COI policy requirements, see your research officer or check under Compliance.
WMU, as a member of the 2013-14 CARMA Consortium Webcast program, can access webcast lectures on research methods. The Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) is an interdisciplinary center that helps faculty, professionals and graduate students with research methods and statistics. Click here to learn more.
The NSF requires that all proposal submissions include a "Data Management Plan," which is a supplemental document that details how the proposal conforms to NSF policy in regard to dissemination and sharing of research results. FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. Details for program specific requirements are available here. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact your research officer.
A proposal approval form (PAF) that summarizes the project activities, personnel, budget, and other characteristics of the proposal is required for all external funding proposals and contracts. The PAF is also used to document principal investigator acknowledgement of University regulations and approval for submission of the proposal by University officials. Those submitting or approving proposal submissions using the web-based PAF (AKA "bucksheet") need to log on to OVPR's Proposal Management Center. Users can sort and filter the proposals they want to view by such categories as user group, date range, and grant state. This enables users to easily identify the status of those proposals they've submitted or approved for submission.
If you access the web-based PAF from off-campus (e.g., via laptop or home computer) you must use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) portal to maintain security of the University's data. The VPN software, available from the OIT website, must be installed on the off-campus computer you will use to log on. Once installed, which takes only a few minutes, the VPN portal can be used to access your current and previous proposal approval forms from off campus locations. Download the VPN Software
For more information about the new web-based PAF or questions about the VPN, call OVPR at 269-387-8270 or contact your research officer.
External Award Activity - July 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013